May 31 - June 3, 2018

Program Announcement Party

The programming team worked very hard to carefully review and select the films included in this year’s lineup.

GIFF Programmer, Sam Kleiner said, “I am thrilled with this year’s lineup and can’t wait to share these films with our community. I am especially proud that Colleen and I accomplished our goal to have the work of female directors or writers featured in 50% of the films selected for the 2018 program. I can’t wait to showcase these inspiring women’s voices over our Festival weekend.”

With so many amazing films it can be hard to choose which ones to see. These are our 2018 CENTERPIECE films that you should not miss!

The Price of Everything: This film explores the labyrinth of the contemporary art world and the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. The film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.

The Dawn Wall: Following the astonishing adventure of rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson in January 2015, The Dawn Wall depicts their effort to climb the seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face of the same name in Yosemite National Park, California.

1985: Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, 1985 tells the story of Adrian, a closeted gay man returning to his hometown in Texas for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS epidemic as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents.

A Woman Captured: Watch as a European woman, kept as a domestic slave by a family for ten years, shows true bravery and courage as she escapes unbearable oppression to become a free woman again.

Eighth Grade: Written and directed by comedian Bo Burnham, this is a film that all students and adults can relate to. Join Kayla as she endures a tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence towards the end of her thus far disastrous middle school experience.

To see the complete list of films, please visit

As part of the festival weekend, please join us for thought-provoking panels and Q & A discussions, including a Spotlight on Tony Goldwyn and a celebration of Academy Award Winner, James Ivory.

Spotlight on Tony Goldwyn: Come celebrate the artistic and philanthropic work of Actor, Director, Producer, and Activist: Tony Goldwyn. Here, Tony will share his secrets on balancing a family and a successful career, while also covering life in a Hollywood dynasty, his career breakout roles in Ghost and Scandal, and directing his first feature film, A Walk on the Moon. Most importantly, Tony will discuss his involvement and inspirational experiences while working with Americares.

Spotlight on James Ivory: Join us as we sit with Oscar award winning Director James Ivory to discuss his start in the film industry, the formation of Merchant Ivory, how he discovered some of Hollywood’s A-List actors, and his favorite films to make.

Women at the Helm: A Conversation About Female Directors: Why have there only been five female nominees for Best Director? What stands in the way of women telling their stories? Join us as we pick the brains of leading female directors and industry professionals to talk about the challenges women face every day in a male dominated entertainment industry.

To learn more about the 2018 Festival including our Opening Night Party with a performance by the iconic Ms. Lauryn Hill, visit

A huge thank you to our sponsors of our Program Announcement Party – Richards, Val’s Putnam Wine & Liquor, Lifewtr, DJ April Larken, and our media partners Moffly Media and Fairfield County LOOK.

Be sure to check out our Film Guide to see everything being featured at GIFF this year.

Authors: Amanda Russell and Shamika Pandit

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